Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the Knox Pop-Up Store is Right Around the Corner

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A unique opportunity for local business owners was highlighted during Tuesday night’s Knox City Council meeting.

Mayor Dennis Estok reminded council members and meeting attendees about this Saturday’s Pop-Up Store ribbon cutting.

Officials will be unveiling the new establishment at 10 S. Main Street tomorrow at 12 p.m.  

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More Renovation Work Needed Before the Knox Redevelopment Pilot Program Can Start

Some more work still needs to be done to the building at 10 South Main Street before the Knox Redevelopment Pilot Program can get off the ground.

Mayor Dennis Estok announced at last week’s city council meeting that things are getting close but they’re not quite there yet. Estok told members, “There’s a possibility that it will be in good enough shape in probably about a month to start advertising that pilot program.” Continue reading

Knox Redevelopment Pilot Project Aims to Help Revitalize the Downtown Area

A business opportunity is being offered by city officials to help revitalize the downtown area in Knox.

When the City Council met last Thursday, Mayor Dennis Estok shared that the Redevelopment Commission has purchased a building that will be utilized for a proposed pilot program. He said the goal of the program is to provide some incentives to try and induce some business downtown. Continue reading

Knox City Council Members Receive Annual Update About Redevelopment Commission & TIF Districts

As the Treasurer of the Knox Redevelopment Commission, Jeff Houston is required to submit an annual update to the fiscal body regarding the commission and the City’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts prior to April 1st each year.

When Knox City Council members met last Tuesday on March 27th, Houston reported the city has two TIF Districts; the Original TIF and the Industrial Park TIF.

He explained that in 2017, the original TIF fund received about $101,363 in revenue and nearly $36,979 was paid out in expenses. On the other hand, the revenue received in the Industrial Park TIF District remained the same as no expenses were paid out, according to Houston. Continue reading

Knox City Council Meets Tonight

The Knox City Council will meet tonight where the election of the 2018 Council President Pro Temp will be addressed.

Council members will consider appointments for the BZA, the Starke County Solid Waste Board, the Starke County Economic Development Foundation as well as the Plan Commission and Redevelopment Commission. Mayor Dennis Estok will also present his mayoral appointments.

An amendment to the Salary Ordinance will be considered on first reading and the second reading over the Ordinance to Eliminate Obstructions will be held. Continue reading

Knox Council Shifts Funds for K-9 Vehicle

 The Knox City Police Department has funds lined up to buy a patrol vehicle for their K-9 officer. Mayor Dennis Estok says the Chevrolet Tahoe to accommodate the dog and equipment carries a price tag of about $40,000. Last week the Knox Redevelopment Commission pledged $20,000 from the Tax Increment Financing account toward the purchase. The council’s share of the money will come from the city’s share of riverboat gambling proceeds and the Economic Development Income Tax fund. Continue reading

Knox Redevelopment Commission Approves Money for Park Projects

City_of_Knox_LogoThe Knox Redevelopment Commission has committed up to $80,000 in Tax Increment Financing money to a couple of Mayor Dennis Estok’s initiatives. He asked them for $40,000 to help pay for the splash pad in Wythogan Park. The city council has approved the expenditure of money from the Economic Development Income Tax and Riverboat funds to cover the rest of the cost. TIF funds are captured from commercial and industrial property within a designated area. Continue reading